Iran · Islamic State · The Donald Trump Presidency

America’s forever war

America’s quarter century role in Iraq can truly be described as a ‘forever war’. As throughout this period, perceived threats stemming from Iraq were met with overwhelming military force, costing 4500 American lives, $7.9 trillion dollars, and untold damage to US soft power. But perhaps even worse than these extraordinary sacrifices, is that Iraq has… Continue reading America’s forever war

Australian Foreign Policy/ Foreign Affairs

Red Lines & Lost Credibility

Sometimes the simple lessons which can be drawn from international affairs, are better. So one of the most important steps in justifying a non- interventionist foreign policy, involves assessing whether overseas wars generally achieve the goals they originally set out to. The United States along with other Western countries, once united to destroy supposed chemical weapons… Continue reading Red Lines & Lost Credibility

Islamic State

Islamic State Braces as Iraq Prepares Mosul Offensive

The long-anticipated attack could begin this week, and will aim to recapture Iraq’s second-largest city from the militant group. WSJ, ByTAMER EL-GHOBASHY and ALI A. NABHAN, Oct. 16, 2016: ERBIL, Iraq—At recent Friday prayers in a Mosul mosque, the Islamic State-appointed preacher eschewed the traditional sermon extolling the group’s virtues for a plea for local support against a… Continue reading Islamic State Braces as Iraq Prepares Mosul Offensive

Syria

Turkey’s New Territorial Claims Threaten NATO

Will Russia help give a new birth to a resurgent Ottoman Empire? It’s a tricky bit of diplomacy, but their recent successes suggest they could do so — and thereby destroy the major international alliance controlling Russian aggression. CounterJihad, October 13, 2016: A significant claim is being pushed by the Turkish government, one that could… Continue reading Turkey’s New Territorial Claims Threaten NATO

Islamic State · Syria

Genocide is being committed in the Middle East. Why has Britain not acknowledged it?

Featured image: Raqqa, Syria. (Reuters/Stringer) Is a genocide occurring in territories controlled by ISIS? The answer seems to be emphatically, categorically – yes. Minorities in Syria and Iraq, of which there are many, have been threatened on all sides by the rise of Islamist extremists. As the British MP David Alton said in an article almost two years ago, ‘the world… Continue reading Genocide is being committed in the Middle East. Why has Britain not acknowledged it?